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Abu Dhabi's Arabian nights reign in Spain

Posted on 01/11/2011

Alicante - The cream of the Volvo Ocean Race family, VIPs, dignities and sporting figures were treated to Abu Dhabi's famed Arabian hospitality last weekend, as the emirate staged an Arabian Nights evening in Alicante, Spain to mark its debut in the gruelling, round-the-world Everest of Sailing. Set in the expansive Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) Oasis pavilion in the heart of the Volvo Ocean Race Village, more than 100 guests met the UAE capital's record-breaking Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ...  >>MORE

Adil Khalid ready as first Gulf national in Volvo Ocean Race

Posted on 30/10/2011

Alicante, Spain - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's UAE star, Adil Khalid, says he's "nervous but ready" as he Saturday becomes the first Gulf national to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race - the gruelling, 39,000 nautical mile, round-the-world Everest of Sailing. Since beating off more than 120 hopefuls for his spot on the 11-man Abu Dhabi crew in January, Khalid has been training daily across four continents to prepare for a race that spans nine months, five continents and some of the world's most ...  >>MORE

Swedish companies can avail opportunities during Abu Dhabi Volvo ocean race, says minister

Posted on 26/10/2011

Sweden's Minister of Trade, Ewa Bjorling has said that Abu Dhabi's New Year hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race will be a great platform for Swedish business and culture. Speaking as Guest of Honour at a meeting of UAE Swedish Business Council held at The Yas Viceroy Hotel, the Minister said the hosting held out "business opportunities for a lot of the council's members." The Minister, who along with council members, was briefed on Abu Dhabi's hosting plans by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) ...  >>MORE

Entries open for 2012 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

Posted on 18/10/2011

Organisers of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon 2012 - the third in the annual series which will be held next March - are targeting a record field of 2,100 participants, up from 1,500 in 2011, as the event continues to attract strong local and international sign-up and elite participation. Building on the success of this year's event - which boasted 61 of the world's best triathletes with 24 global titles between them and an international amateur and newcomer line up from almost 50 ...  >>MORE

UAE sweeps IAAF elections

Posted on 30/08/2011

Chairman of UAE Athletics Federation Ahmed Al Kamali has won membership of the 212-member International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). He said the surprise is not his winning the seat at the IAAF but his score of the highest votes :137 of total votes of 198 . The second and final day of the 48th IAAF Congress - which held in Daegu, Korea - brought to a conclusion the four-yearly IAAF Election process. Al Kamali was followed by Fredericks of Namibia (122 votes), Digel ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Kristin Moller snatches Ironman UK win

Posted on 03/08/2011

Bolton, UK - Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team made it back-to-back European victories this week as the high-performance outfit's newest recruit, Kristin Moller, smashed the Ironman UK female course record to take her debut win. The German's lung-bursting result comes hard-on-the-heels of her enigmatic captain, Faris Al-Sultan, storming to a dominating win at last week's Frankfurter Sparkasse European Ironman Championship. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)-backed duo's results earn them ...  >>MORE

Dubai's Olympic wait will be worth it, officials say

Posted on 01/08/2011

Dubai decided against bidding for the 2020 Olympics to give itself time to prepare for an even better Games in 2024, a National Olympic Committee (NOC) official says. Saeed Abdul Ghaffar, the secretary general of the NOC, yesterday said the pressure on Dubai to get it right was particularly great because no Arab country had hosted the Games. "Dubai will represent the Arab world at the Olympics," Mr Ghaffar said. "If we are successful for Dubai to host the event, it will be a historical ...  >>MORE

Sail Ras Al Khaimah takes Silver in the F18 World Championships

Posted on 12/07/2011

Lake Balaton in Hungary was the venue for the 2011 F18 Multi Hull World Championships, this year saw a new name on the block, "Sail Ras Al Khaimah”, a sailing initiative founded earlier this year at the Royal Yacht Club of Ras Al Khaimah in Al Hamra, by Alan Linnitt of Al Hamra Marina and Royal Yacht Club. "It is our aim to put Ras Al Khaimah on the map as a sailing destination, we have the best venue in the Middle East when it comes to sailing, we have the infrastructure, the weather, the ...  >>MORE

'Powerful and raw' Abu Dhabi yacht sets sail for Volvo venture

Posted on 06/07/2011

Portofino, Italy - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team officially unveiled their state-of-the-art Volvo Open 70 racing yacht yesterday. The sleek, black, 14-ton yacht carried the "Abu Dhabi" script logo on its hull along with a falcon, the UAE's national emblem. Jamie Boag, the team director, took the microphone at the waterside and extolled the nine months of "engineering, phone calls, e-mails, blood, sweat, tears, happy moments, difficult moments" that culminated in the unveiling in the Italian ...  >>MORE

Nahyan calls on nation's youth to take up sport

Posted on 11/04/2011

Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has called for an urgent integration of the country's youth, particularly from the university sector, to boost the sports sector in the country. "There is a need for a proper integration of our youth into the nation's sports and education mainstream," Sheikh Nahyan told Gulf News. Sheikh Nahyan, who attended the final of the 1st Zayed University Polo Cup on Friday, stressed the need for uplifting ...  >>MORE

UAE embassy continues preparations for Zayed International Charity Race in New York

Posted on 06/04/2011

UAE Embassy in Washington is busy in preparations for the 8th Annual Zayed International Charity Race which will be held on May 14 in New York City's Central Park. The race comes in implementation of the directives of His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the support of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and the follow ...  >>MORE

Zayed International Charity Race to be held in New York in May

Posted on 24/03/2011

In implementation to the directives of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Annual Memorial Zayed International Charity Race will be held in Central Park New York, on May 2011. The 10-km road race, being held to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation, is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and followed ...  >>MORE

Festival Marina welcomes Return of "The Dragons"

Posted on 17/03/2011

The popular Dubai Dragon Boat Festival is set for an exciting return this April with two days of thrilling races and a host of onshore entertainment on offer at Festival Marina, the stunning creek side of Festival Centre Dubai Festival City. In its fourth year, the event attracts thousands of competitors and spectators with teams lining up for an action-packed weekend. The festival, which will be held on Friday 8th April and Saturday 9th April, is hosted by the UAE Dragon Boat Association, ...  >>MORE

Global feel to Abu Dhabi triathlon in its second year

Posted on 13/03/2011

Hundreds of spectators gathered at the finish line to cheer on the winners and all those who competed in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon yesterday. More than 1,500 athletes braved the warm weather to race on the taxing circuit and there were representatives from 51 countries, giving the event a truly international flavour in its second year. Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium won the men's race, while defending champion Julie Dibens, from England, repeated her victory from last year's Abu ...  >>MORE

Prince Harry saddles up for Dubai polo visit

Posted on 14/02/2011

Prince Harry will play in a charity polo match next month on his first visit to the UAE. The prince, third in line to the British throne and the world's most famous amateur polo player, will take part in the Sentebale Polo Cup on March 19. He will also "undertake additional engagements in the Emirate of Dubai throughout the day", said a statement issued through the office of his father, Prince Charles. "St James's Palace will issue further information about these in due course." The ...  >>MORE

Laureus sports awards bring out the stars

Posted on 07/02/2011

The cameras are ready and the celebrities are in town for one of the world's biggest sporting awards ceremonies, the Laureus World Sports Awards. The American actor Morgan Freeman, England's World Cup winning footballer Sir Bobby Charlton and the German tennis champion Boris Becker posed on the red carpet last night before making their way to the Yas Marina and Yacht Club, where a welcoming party was held. Other guests included Kelly Holmes, the British double Olympic champion; Franky ...  >>MORE

Kevin Spacey to host Laureus Awards in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/01/2011

Double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is returning to Abu Dhabi to host the Laureus World Sports Awards on February 7. The celebrated American actor hosted the award last year in the capital. The Laureus World Sports Awards recognise international sporting achievement and last year's winners included the sprinter Usain Bolt, a world record holder and Olympic gold medalist, as well as the renowned tennis player Serena Williams and Formula One driver Jenson Button. Spacey, who won his first Oscar ...  >>MORE

Seventy boats are up to compete in Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championships

Posted on 12/01/2011

Turn back the clocks this Friday 14th January to an era of wooden dhows and cotton sails watch the time-honoured boats of the region compete in the second round of the seasons Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championships. Up to seventy boats will congregate beneath the iconic Burj Al Arab at 13:30 in stark contrast to two different worlds and be towed by their support boats to the off shore start line depending on the direction of the wind. A gentle northerly easterly breeze is predicted ...  >>MORE

Bin Dalmouk Al-Maktoum wins UAE's first medal at16th Asian Games

Posted on 22/11/2010

Guangzhou - UAE shooter Juma Bin Dalmouk Al-Maktoum won the silver medal in double trap shooting at the 16th Asian Games being held in Guangzhou city, China. Al-Maktoum hit 182 targets to finish second behind the Indian gold medalist Ronjan Sodhi who hit 186 targets. The silver is UAE's first medal from the current Games. The bronze medal went to Hamad Ali Al-Marri (136+45) of Qatar in a shoot-off after three shooters were tied for a third place. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Emaar issues clarification on recent media report about India's Commonwealth Game Village

Posted on 26/10/2010

Emaar Properties has issued the following clarification regarding a recently published media report entitled "A Spokeswoman: India to Fine Emaar MGF on Game Village Delay". Emaar Properties ("Emaar") is aware of the actions being contemplated by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in respect of the Commonwealth Village project delivered by Emaar MGF. The following information has been provided to the press by Emaar MGF clarifying the situation: 1. The Games Village has been built to the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports Complex named after Hamdan bin Mohammed

Posted on 13/10/2010

The Dubai Sports Council announced yesterday that it has named new Dubai Sports Complex after Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in recognition of his immense support for sports and sportsmen in Dubai, in particular and the UAE in general. This initiative also comes in appreciation to Sheikh Hamdan's incessant support for the sports sector in the UAE, and his ongoing endeavour to provide all the necessary resources to promote sports in the country and to ...  >>MORE

Hamdan opens Dubai Sports Complex

Posted on 11/10/2010

H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, inaugurated yesterday the Dubai Sports Complex, a multi-purpose stadium which will host 10th Fina Swimming Championship (25m) on 15-19 December 2010. Sheikh Hamdan watched a documentary on the progress of construction of the complex which can host ten aquatic and dry games. With a total capacity of 15,000 spectators, it will be used for various purposes beside aquatic events, ...  >>MORE

vuvuzelas is not forbidden in stadiums in UAE : GAIA

Posted on 13/07/2010

The General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) affirmed yesterday that reports run by a section of local media that it has prohibited the public use of vuvuzelas, horns used by spectators in stadiums, are 'inaccurate'. In a clarification statement it issued yesterday, the GAIAE said the published reports and quotes on the issue had distorted and twisted the text of the fatwa (religious ruling) and given it a different headline that has a misleading impression on the ...  >>MORE

Zayed Charity Marathon to kick off next Saturday

Posted on 10/05/2010

Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mahmood, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council reviewed the preparations of "Sixth Zayed Charity Marathon 2010" to be held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, chaired by HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor. The event will take place next Saturday at the Central Park in New ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid views preparations for SportAccord 2010

Posted on 27/04/2010

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday reassured the progress of the ongoing preparations at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai which will see the official opening of the SportAccord 2010 International Convention. Accompanied by his wife HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, President of the Higher Organising Committee and the Committee members, Sheikh Mohammed went around the corridors and halls, where the hotel is ...  >>MORE

Dubai emerging as a centre for global sport: Mohammed bin Rashid

Posted on 26/04/2010

The selection of Dubai to host the first SportAccord convention in the Middle East is another important step in emergence of Dubai as a centre for global sport and hosting sport leaders from around the world will help create new partnerships, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has affirmed. "Our guests learn about this region. We will learn more about their specialized business. It will help our region play a ...  >>MORE

Zayed International Charity Marathon to be launched in New York in May

Posted on 08/04/2010

The Zayed International Charity Marathon will be held on May 15th, 2010 in New York City to raise fund for the Healthy Kidney Centre. The marathon is being launched in New York as per the directives from H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Retired Lt. General Mohammed Hilal Al Ka'abi, Chairman of the UAE Armed Forces Officers' Club and head of the higher organising committee, reviewed the ...  >>MORE

800 triathletes to make running, cycling, swimming tour of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 03/03/2010

It promises to be one of the most panoramic tours possible of Abu Dhabi, starting on the private beach of the Emirates Palace hotel, along the Corniche, on to the recently opened Sheikh Khalifa Bridge and along the new highway to Saadiyat and Yas islands. There's just one snag. Anyone who wants to take part will have to be ready to set off at 6am – and capable of swimming, cycling and running between 121.5 and 222 kilometres. With just 10 days before the start of the inaugural Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Cyclists from UAE to compete in inaugural 2010 WRDC Tour de Al Gharbia

Posted on 16/02/2010

The remote and peaceful stretch of the road to Liwa will hum to the sound of a different mode of transport on February 18 as cyclists from across the UAE compete in the inaugural 2010 WRDC Tour de Al Gharbia. The 60-kilometre endurance race, sponsored by the Western Region Development Council, will see Higher College of Technology male students race from Madinat Zayed to Liwa as they vie for the honors of Best Team and Best Individual awards. The 2010 WRDC Tour de Al Gharbia is organised by ...  >>MORE

Winners of Dubai Marathon receive trophies from Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid

Posted on 23/01/2010

Under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) crowned Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie and his countrywoman Mamitu Daska as top winners of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. Gebrselassie clinched the marathon title for the third successive year but it was a hard-fought victory in a ...  >>MORE

Dubai can 'build on' SportAccord Dubai 2010

Posted on 13/01/2010

A top Olympic official has said Dubai must use the connections it establishes when it hosts the prestigious SportAccord International Convention to lure some of the top international events to the city. One of the world's top sports networking events, SportAccord Dubai 2010 will be held at the Atlantis between April 25 and 30. Over 1,500 representatives are expected to converge on Dubai for the event, which promises to bring together sporting decision-makers, who will lay the blueprint for ...  >>MORE

UAE bags two gold in Arab shooting event

Posted on 11/01/2010

Shooters from the UAE put up a splendid display by winning two gold medals in the Ninth Arab Shooting Championship being held in Kuwait. UAE's Salem Al Qaidi and Asma Al Nuaimi emerged winners in the 10m air rifle and 50m rifle events, respectively, at the Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Olympic Shooting Complex in Kuwait. The UAE women's team gave a tough fight to their opponents and finished second in three events — 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol and 50m rifle. A total of 16 Arab ...  >>MORE

Over 25,000 contestants to rum Zayed International Half Marathon 2010

Posted on 07/01/2010

Over 25,000 contestants will run the Zayed International Half Marathon 2010 tomorrow along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. People who will participate in the 21.5 km race are professionals and amateurs categories of various age groups of men, women, children, and students from all over the UAE in addition to the participation of people with special needs "Wheelchairs" besides the open race which will be attended by various institutions, bodies, companies and departments. The event, organised by ...  >>MORE

Emarati grabs gold medal for 200m race in Damascus

Posted on 10/10/2009

Damascus - UAE runner Omar Juma'a Al-Salfa won the gold medal for making it to the finish line of a 200 meter race in 20.84 seconds at the 6th Arab Athletics Championships in Damascus, Syria. Al-Salfa was ahead of Khaled Idris, Morocco, who won the second place for 20.86 seconds and Hamed Hamdan, Saudi Arabia, who finished the race in 20.22 seconds. This is the second UAE's gold medal in Arab athletics. Musabbah Saeed won the gold medal for long jump back in 1991 in Syria. – Emirates News ...  >>MORE

UAE athlete clinches silver medal for triple jump in Syria

Posted on 10/10/2009

Damascus - UAE athlete Mohammed Abbas has won the silver medal in the men's triple jump clearing 16.15 metres at the 6th Arab Athletics Championships in Damascus, Syria. Abbas entered in an intense competition with Bahraini Mohammed Yousef Al Shehabi who clinched Bahrain's first gold medal in the men's triple jump clearing 16.30 metres while Algerian Hussain Ben Sheikh came in the third place with 16.12 metres to win a bronze. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team New Zealand claims Med Series victory

Posted on 23/09/2009

After five regattas sailed on the Mediterranean, Emirates Team New Zealand has emerged victorious in the Audi MedCup 2009. Emirates Team New Zealand, sailing NZL380, won the season title convincingly. After winning four of the five regattas, NZL380 was well clear on 128.5 points. Second-placed Quantum was 74 points behind on 202.5 points, with Artemis (Sweden) third on 208.5. Matador (Argentina), which won the first regatta at Alicante, finished fourth on 209.5 points. Having accomplished a ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host world's sports leaders

Posted on 14/09/2009

The Dubai Sports Council yesterday announced that Dubai has won the bid to host the eighth annual Sportaccord Convention from April 25-30, 2010, bringing the prestigious event to the Middle East for the first time in its history. The much-heralded Atlantis resort has been selected as the host venue for this gathering of over 1,500 leading representatives of international sport, which will include the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee including its President, Jacques Rogge ...  >>MORE

Mohammed launches Emirates Appreciation Award for Sports

Posted on 09/09/2009

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has instituted the Emirates Appreciation award for sports as part of national efforts advance sports movement. The launch of the award is in line with instructions given by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support the national sports and youth sectors and upgrade the organisational, technical and administrative aspects of the sports movement. The incentive award is ...  >>MORE

Open Sports Festival gets off to colourful start

Posted on 25/08/2009

The 13th Open Sports Festival of the Armed Forces Officers Club (AFOC) got off to a spectacular start in Abu Dhabi late Sunday evening. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, inaugurated the annual Ramadan sports event, which will be held indoors as well as outdoors. The colourful and sensational opening ceremony attracted a number of sheikhs, ministers, members of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and other senior officials. The 40-minute indoor ceremony, which was ...  >>MORE

UAE athletes set to create history

Posted on 10/08/2009

Two UAE's athletes are set to make history by becoming the first sportsmen from this country to qualify for an international athletics championships. Ali Obaid Al Shirooki and Omar Juma Al Sulfar are already in Germany as the UAE's two representatives for the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Berlin 2009 to be held from August 15-23. In order to be able to compete at a prestigious competition like the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, the athletes are required to pass ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi could be next stop for UFC

Posted on 06/08/2009

Speculation is growing that the popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming to the UAE, after it's president Dana White visited Abu Dhabi for a business trip. After leaving the city, White tweeted 'Just landed in philly!!!! Abu dhabi is amazing. if we do a fight there make plans to go!! You have to see it!!!'. He has also reportedly said he would love Abu Dhabi to host a UFC event. UFC is a US-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, aimed to find the world's best fighters ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi's Arabian nights reign in Spain


Adil Khalid ready as first Gulf national in Volvo Ocean Race


Swedish companies can avail opportunities during Abu Dhabi Volvo ocean race, says minister


Entries open for 2012 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon


UAE sweeps IAAF elections


Abu Dhabi's Kristin Moller snatches Ironman UK win


Dubai's Olympic wait will be worth it, officials say


Sail Ras Al Khaimah takes Silver in the F18 World Championships


'Powerful and raw' Abu Dhabi yacht sets sail for Volvo venture


Nahyan calls on nation's youth to take up sport


UAE embassy continues preparations for Zayed International Charity Race in New York


Zayed International Charity Race to be held in New York in May


Festival Marina welcomes Return of "The Dragons"


Global feel to Abu Dhabi triathlon in its second year


Prince Harry saddles up for Dubai polo visit


Laureus sports awards bring out the stars


Kevin Spacey to host Laureus Awards in Abu Dhabi


Seventy boats are up to compete in Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championships


Bin Dalmouk Al-Maktoum wins UAE's first medal at16th Asian Games


Emaar issues clarification on recent media report about India's Commonwealth Game Village


Dubai Sports Complex named after Hamdan bin Mohammed


Hamdan opens Dubai Sports Complex


vuvuzelas is not forbidden in stadiums in UAE : GAIA


Zayed Charity Marathon to kick off next Saturday


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid views preparations for SportAccord 2010


Dubai emerging as a centre for global sport: Mohammed bin Rashid


Zayed International Charity Marathon to be launched in New York in May


800 triathletes to make running, cycling, swimming tour of Abu Dhabi


Cyclists from UAE to compete in inaugural 2010 WRDC Tour de Al Gharbia


Winners of Dubai Marathon receive trophies from Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid


Dubai can 'build on' SportAccord Dubai 2010


UAE bags two gold in Arab shooting event


Over 25,000 contestants to rum Zayed International Half Marathon 2010


Emarati grabs gold medal for 200m race in Damascus


UAE athlete clinches silver medal for triple jump in Syria


Emirates Team New Zealand claims Med Series victory


Dubai to host world's sports leaders


Mohammed launches Emirates Appreciation Award for Sports


Open Sports Festival gets off to colourful start


UAE athletes set to create history


Abu Dhabi could be next stop for UFC